We’ve been taking a look at passive homes here on our blog. A passive home is one that uses 90% less energy than other homes by adhering to incredibly strict standards of energy conservation, such as having a fully insulated home, using passive heating technology as the primary means of heating and cooling your home, and eliminating thermal bridges, or areas where heat escapes from your home. So how can you achieve a passive home?
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HOW TO ACHIEVE A PASSIVE HOME
There are very strict standards that are in place if you wish your home to be certified by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany, where the official passive home movement began. Some of these include consuming less than 15 kilowatt-hours of electricity per square meter of your home per year. In addition, it would be very costly to make your home passive retroactively once it has been built. Plus, passive homes when being built are designed using a very powerful software program in order to determine the optimal size and balance needed to maintain the passive heating technology that is required in a home, as well as what building materials to use for the given climate in your area.
That being said, there are many things you can do to make your home very energy efficient, and with the proper remodeling, you can achieve passive home status. Some of the recommended home improvements include:
- Improving your home’s insulation
- Improving the air tightness in your home by eliminating air leaks
- Replacing existing windows with high-efficiency, triple-paned windows
- Installing a passive house system of heating and cooling
Many people wonder, however, about the comfort of the home if there is truly no heating and cooling system involved. There is absolutely no change in the comfort of your home using passive energy technology. You will still be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There truly is no downside besides the cost of home remodeling and ventilation systems to having a passive home.
URBANLUX BUILDERS AND PASSIVE HOMES
As the best luxury home builder in San Antonio, UrbanLUX Builders is passionate about bringing our customers the best in custom built homes. For over 20 years, we’ve specialized in helping our customers build the home of their dreams. We are also very passionate about reducing our carbon footprint in this world. We use recycled building materials whenever possible and help our clients achieve energy efficient homes. We believe having a custom home is not mutually exclusive of being a steward of the environment.
When you partner with UrbanLUX Builders for your custom home build in San Antonio, we’ll ensure you have the best home possible with the highest quality materials. We have various floor plans to meet your lifestyle, whether you are seeking a two-story home with an open floor plan or a home with all of the bedrooms on the main level. Details are what make your home yours, and we excel at making the little things sizzle that just make your home comfortable and easy. From installing SmartHome technology to improving the energy efficiency of your home, we will build your home into more than you ever imagined. Call us today to get started!